Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. has received three grants to implement GED classes for clients without a high school diploma. Grant awards include: the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation ($5,000); The 200 Foundation ($2,500) and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals ($1,250). Spectrum plans to establish a GED program for adults at Spectrum’s Westborough Treatment Campus and another for at-risk youth at its Community Re-entry Center in Worcester.

“Attaining a GED can help clients in many ways,” said Francoise Elise, Spectrum’s Development Associate and author of the grants. “It promotes self esteem, provides valuable education, and contributes to their ability to obtain employment.” Clients without a high school diploma or GED are now prescribed classes as part of their therapeutic program for recovery.

Headquartered in Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider serving more than 18,000 individuals each year in community and institutional settings across six states.